Today was an amazing day! We kicked off this morning with a yummy breakfast at the Hotel Novotel enjoying the view of Times Square as we munched on french toast, eggs, bacon, sausage, muffins and fruit. The Elliott boys were particularly thrilled at the large steaming mugs of hot cocoa delivered to their table. Following breakfast we had our morning session together. The children had a blast with some very creative activities involving a lot of exploding water and a messy swamp...I will leave it at that to keep the surprise in tact for future Legacy Retreat families.
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Times Square was hopping tonight! After our meeting time together we headed down to Times Square Hard Rock Cafe and it was the place to be!!! There were people everywhere. Many of us got to see ourself on the HUGE electronic billboard as we walked through the crowded square. Some of us even watched a man propose to a woman right there in the middle of Times Square with a camera projecting them onto the big screen. (She said, "Yes")
Today the Inheritance of Hope volunteers and staff have visited LaGuardia, JFK and Newark airports and welcomed 7 families from Florida, West Virginia, Oregon, Utah, Texas, and Georgia. We are pleased to share that all the families arrived on time and with all their luggage. They drove over a bridge or through a tunnel to the island of Manhattan to the Hotel Novotel. The view from this magnificent hotel looks out over Times Square. Within minutes of arriving
Our first Times Square Legacy Retreat begins tomorrow!
After months of anticipation, the Times Square Legacy Retreat is almost here! Our volunteers have arrived from all across the country, and we all met tonight to make our final preparations.
I feel very blessed to have so many volunteers returning after serving at previous Legacy Retreats. Eight people volunteering this weekend are experienced pros, and I can't imagine doing these retreats without them. Their understanding of what to do and how and when to do it is invaluable, and they make everything so much fun.
We also have a couple of newcomers to our volunteer team, and I am excited about the energy they bring.
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For our Times Square Legacy Retreat, I am excited to introduce two new online features! During the entire retreat I will be posting live updates on both this blog and Twitter. I hope these tools will help friends, family, and supporters stay up-to-date on our experiences in NYC. Check back often to keep up with us!
Most of my days are spent planning, coordinating and thinking about the upcoming Legacy Retreat in New York City. I am very excited to meet these 9 families and I am excited for them to meet each other. I was privileged to meet one of the families (pictured above) attending this Retreat a couple of years ago. I didn't know our paths would cross again but clearly that was the plan! Check out my friend Nikki Farley's recent post on her husband's caringbridge site regarding the timing of this Legacy Retreat for their family.
I was watching a movie with my son this week....The Chronicles of Narnia, Prince Caspian. There is a climactic moment in the movie when the Narnians are fighting the Telmarines and things are not going well for the good guys. King Peter makes the decision to pull his troops out and he yells at the top of his lungs, "RETREAT...RETREAT....RETREAT!!!" This message is yelled until the entire army hears the order and pulls back to safety.
When my gas light comes on I know I have another 60 miles (at least!) until I will run out of a gas. I tend to push that limit and have been known to be a little risky when it comes to keeping my tank filled.
My husband, on the other hand, rarely lets his gas tank get below a half of tank. Seems like his tank is always full.
I guess someone could analyze our opposing behavior and probably figure out our place in the birth order, personality types, learning styles, sleep patterns. OK...maybe not. But surely this says something about the way we operate.
Soccer season is in full swing in my life right now. Most of my days are spent in a black canvas fold-up chair next to a huge field of grass.
I have learned a few lessons from my days at the soccer field.
If you try to play offense and defense at the same time, you're gonna kill yourself. The field is large and if you run after the ball every time it moves you will not be able to maintain the stamina to complete the game. If you're playing forward you have to trust your defensive players to do their job while you get open and wait for their pass up field.
I just discovered an awesome new candy! The Pretzel M&M. It has an amazing sugary coating on the outside with creamy milk chocolate and a salty center. It is so delicious. If you haven't tried it yet, you should. (In fact, if you post on this blog I will enter you in a drawing to win your very own bag of Pretzel M&Ms.)